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Melinda Hardin

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Energized Democrats Fill All Committee Slots

WHAT NOW? HERE’S WHAT

Energized Democrats

Fill All Committee Slots

Democrats at this hour are packing a county committee meeting (top photo) in Cooperstown's Village Hall, where, energized by President-elect Donald Trump's victory, nominees stepped forward to fill all committee vacancies, setting the stage for vigorous county board campaigns in next fall's elections. "I know you're disappointed in Trump," said County Chair Richard Abbate. "I know you are disappointed in Congress. But we can change that." He went on to say that capturing the county board in 2017 would set the stage to mount a strong 19th District congressional campaign in 2018. Below left, CCS grad MacGuire Benton accepts applause after being affirms at chair of the Young Democrats organization. Center, Abbate applauds attendees on filling all vacancies. Lower right, Aimee Swann of Oneonta accepts a committee appointment. In the top photos, front-row attendees include, from left, Village Trustee Richard Sternberg, Melinda Hardin, who organized a 90-attendee political wake the weekend after the Nov. 8 elections, county Rep. Kay Stuligross, R-Oneonta, former village Trustee Lynn Mebust, and former county rep Ed Lentz, Garrattsville. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Democrats at this hour are packing a county committee meeting (top photo) in Cooperstown’s Village Hall, where, energized by President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, nominees stepped forward to fill all committee vacancies, setting the stage for vigorous county board campaigns in next fall’s elections. “I know you’re disappointed in Trump,” said County Chair Richard Abbate. “I know you are disappointed in Congress. But we can change that.” He went on to say that capturing the county board in 2017 would set the stage to mount a strong 19th District congressional campaign in 2018. Below left, CCS grad MacGuire Benton accepts applause after being affirmed as chair of the Young Democrats organization. Center, Abbate applauds attendees on filling all vacancies. Lower right, Aimee Swann of Oneonta accepts a committee appointment. In the top photo, front-row attendees include, from left, Village Trustee Richard Sternberg; Melinda Hardin, who organized a 90-attendee political wake the weekend after the Nov. 8 elections; Anne Geddes-Atwell, the former Otsego town supervisor who recently changed her registration from Republican to Democrat; county Rep. Kay Stuligross of Oneonta; former village Trustee Lynn Mebust, and former county rep Ed Lentz, Garrattsville.  The gathering cut across the county geographically, from Dennis Laughlin, the Cherry Valley attorney, to county Rep. Andrew Stammell and Oneonta school board member Dan Buttermann.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

County Democrats Ponder What To Do

85 SOUL-SEARCH FOR 3 HOURS

Some County Dems

Ponder What To Do

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Melinda Hardin
Melinda Hardin

COOPERSTOWN – Melinda Hardin, the local Democratic organizer, hosted a meeting of party faithful this morning to discuss what to do as a result of Donald Trump’s election as president.

Hardin had planned to host the gathering at her and husband Lou Allstadt’s home; (he is an independent).  But the response was so great – 85 attended – the meeting needed to be moved to the First Presbyterian church hall.

Attendees included prominent Democrats from Cooperstown, such as former Bassett CEO Bill Streck, and from Oneonta, such as Deb Marcus, director of Family Planning of South Central New York and a prominent Democrat in the city.    Danielle Henrici, wife of Democratic election commissioner Mike Henrici, also commented.

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